ASUS PA32KCX release window prediction, confirmed specs, and price estimate

What we know so far about the ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX, a brand-new 8K monitor

ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX release date, specs, price

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Today we’re going to take a look the ASUS PA32KCX release date, formally known as the ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX. This is billed as the world’s first 8K mini-LED professional monitor. It was initially shown off at NAB Show in Las Vegas, which took place in mid-April 2024. We noted that it’s about time a new 8K monitor is on the way, and importantly it also makes the jump up to DisplayPort 2.1, something that few monitors boast at the minute.

Aside from the expected release date, we’re also going to delve a little deeper into the specs and price of the ProArt PA32KCX – the latter already has plenty to talk about. So far, the price has an early quote, but the exact release date isn’t officially known. Either way, it could easily sweep up the title as the best 8K monitor on the market.

ASUS ProArt Display release date window prediction

One of the things left out of the initial reveal was the release date, so we’re going to do some speculation to make an informed prediction. First off, we can look back to ASUS’ previous professional monitor which this serves as sort of a successor to – the PA32UCXR. This 4K mini-LED monitor finally released back in January 2024 after first being showcased at Computex 2023 in May of that year, as TFTCentral reported.

That’s quite a large gap in-between initial reveal and actual availability. We’re going to expect the same from the new 8K PA32KCX, so we predict that it will be available in late 2024, most likely Q4 (or Q3 if ASUS is keen to rush it out). It could even spill over into early 2025. Since the launch timing remains ambiguous, we’re going to keep track of it moving forward as much as we can!

ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX specs announced

Screen size32″
Resolution7680 x 4320 (8K)
Aspect ratio16:9
Screen technologyMini-LED
Local dimming zones4,096
Color gamut97% DCI-P3, 99% Adobe RGB
Color depthTrue 10-bit
HDR supportHDR10
Peak brightness1,200 nits
Sustained brightness (full screen)1,000 nits
ConnectivityDisplayPort 2.1, HDMI 2.1, Thunderbolt 4 (power delivery up to 96W)

The ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX is no doubt a high-spec display, not surprising given it’s professional target buyer. It is designed for editing work and the specifications reflect that. If you’re looking for the best video editing monitor, maybe you’ll want to wait out for this one. The high 8K resolution offers unrivalled visual quality, with a high PPI at this 32″ screen size.

For editing, the 97% DCI-P3 color accuracy is ideal, aided by true 10-bit color depth. HDR 10 support is also there, though the lack of Dolby Vision can be seen as a downside. As a mini-LED monitor, it has excellent contrast levels and a high 1,200 nits peak brightness to work well in a bright studio environment. Furthermore, it offers eye care and anti-glare LuxPixel tech to keep unwanted reflections under control; the monitor hood also helps with that. Another important feature for editors is the self/auto calibration via the built-in motorized colorimeter.

The DisplayPort 2.1 port will help run this high resolution without the need for compression tech, though the refresh rate is still expected to be around the 60Hz level (this remains unannounced). Lastly, productivity workflows are supported by the Thunderbolt 4 port that offers up to 96W power delivery.

An ASUS PA32KCX display box highlighting features like 8K HDR, mini LED, 1200 nits brightness, and comprehensive connectivity, situated on a blurry desk background.
ProArt Display PA32KCX specs revealed at NAB Show 2024 (image source: Vincent Teoh)

ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX price teased

There hasn’t really been an official announcement for the exact price, but this post from Vincent Teoh on X, who was present at NAB Show says that a preliminary price is quoted at $8,000. Whether this is simply a humorous nod to the resolution rather than a realistic price is something to be debated.

However, considering the 4K alternative we talked about earlier will currently set you back $3,000, and the fact that 8K monitors are very scarce at the moment in general, it does sound like a good ballpark figure – especially when you account for the future-proof DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity, which is expected to be adopted in the RTX 50 series.

Does the ASUS PA32KCX have DisplayPort 2.1?

Yes, the ASUS ProArt Display PA32KCX will indeed include DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity. This is the latest version of the DisplayPort standard, first arriving in October 2022, then supported with the release of AMD’s Radeon RX 7000 series. Nvidia’s 40 series GPUs skipped it for now, but it is expected with the next generation. It looks to be the way to go for new 8K monitors, with another DP 2.1 example being Samsung’s 57″ Neo G9 (an ultrawide dual 4K display).

What is the ASUS PA32KCX refresh rate?

Interestingly, the refresh rate of this 8K monitor was left out of the specs list provided when first revealed. With that in mind, we expect it to stick to a pretty standard 60Hz – otherwise we’d think that ASUS would advertise it. Considering that high refresh rate 8K gaming is out of the question for some time, the demand for something like 120Hz isn’t really there at the moment. On the flipside, DisplayPort 2.1 does support 8K at 120Hz, so the potential is there.

At PCGuide, Jack is mostly responsible for reporting on hardware deals. He also specializes in monitors, TVs, and headsets and can be found putting his findings together in a review or best-of guide.